Friday, July 2, 2010

Just NOT funny!

I'm not sure how many of you are aware, but I recently took a short trip out of the country. Because of my job, I was tasked with going to Angola, Africa. It seems that my vocabulary falls short in my descriptions of my visit.

The one word that keeps coming to mind is "WOW".

My friend Jeff asked "When do we get a new "Really" with an African twist?" That is a good question. You see, I know that my comic strip isn't "hilarious"; It isn't meant to be. But I would also like to think that I have a healthy sense of humor...that I am able to look at life and laugh at myself and occasionally at others. When I draw, I'd like to think that I was drawing for a wide see, I like to make people smile.

My problem?

Well, so much of this trip was just NOT FUNNY! And what was funny would be funny for a very narrow audience. I could draw something that co-workers might get...maybe even my family might get, but I want to appeal to more people than that.

My bigger problem is that for the majority of my trip I was surrounded with images, sounds and smells that were just not "fair game". Just NOT FUNNY! It would be unfair and cruel for me to make fun of much of what I experienced.

I had a difficult time internalizing what I saw. I didn't always like my initial reaction to what I saw. I didn't like ME for feeling or thinking what I felt and thought. I quickly realized what I was doing and made a conscious effort to stop. Soon my feelings started to change. I still didn't necessarily like what I saw, but I began to understand (at least in some ways) what I was seeing and feeling and thinking.

I thank God for giving me the opportunity and the experience. I thank God for giving me perspective. And I thank God for revealing to me the blessings He has bestowed upon me...blessings in which I had no idea I was blessed.

I WILL create a new REALLY?!? with an "African twist". I just have to put a little more thought into it...stay away from the "easy target".

It will come.




Juviegas said...

Africa is FEAST for thinking, not just food!
We will be waiting on the AFRICAN Really?!

Jeff Ables said...

Thanks for sharing. God willing, I will be visiting Africa early 2011 and I'm sure it will provide major perspective for me as well. I look forward to the new 'Really?' doing more than ticking the funny bone.